The First Snow

by Blake

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This record is made up of songs I recorded at home during 2011 which didn't end up on Stay Human. Some of the songs were written after Stay Human was recorded. A few of the tracks here were given away as free downloads to those who contributed to the making of the Stay Human record via Pledge Music. This album was originally issued free to mailing list members via download code.

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released 24 December 2011

Produced by Blake. Recorded at home in Holt and Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, March to December 2011.
Blake - all instruments and voices except Helen Bousfield bass on 'When The Stars Go Blue', flute & concertina on 'The Coventry Carol'; Amy Evans vocals and piano on 'When The Stars Go Blue'.
All songs written by Julian Pugsley except 'Dragonfly' by Danny Kirwan/W.H. Davies - recorded under Limelight Licence: License No: 14388507; 'When The Stars Go Blue' written by Ryan Adams - recorded under Limelight Licence: License No: 14387688; 'The Coventry Carol' Trad. arr. Pugsley/Bousfield.
Sitar Loop on 'Mumbai Express' by Pete Wain ('Sitar Drone 1a'). Downloaded with permission via Looperman.com
Cover photography by Richie O'Square.

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Track Name: Dragonfly
Now, when the roses are half buds, half flowers,
And loveliest, the king of flies has come-
It was a fleeting visit, all too brief;
In three short minutes he had been and gone

He rested there, upon an apple leaf-
A gorgeous opal crown set on his head,
Although the garden is a lovely place
Was it worthy of so fine a guest?
Track Name: Over You Tonight
I was a little fish that you caught in your net
One thing that I wish is that we’d never met
I’m over you tonight

I thought that we were mates I thought that we were cool
I thought that you were great but I was just your fool
I’m over you tonight

I gotta get myself together
I’m hypnotised every time I see your eyes of blue
They say nothing lasts forever
I’d fantasise you weren’t telling lies
But you do

I’d do anything you kept me running round
Then you’d build me up but just to knock me down
I’m over you tonight

Now you’re on the town and you think you’re it
With your latest clown but I don’t fall for it
I’m over you tonight

Call me what you like it don’t mean a thing
I know that you’re not right, had an awakening
I’m over you tonight
Track Name: Up In The Sky/Feet Of Clay
At seventeen there was so much life left to explore
But now it seems I can’t find my way back home anymore
Love has come and love has gone, people and places all move on
The winter time seems colder now the days in the sun decrease somehow

Way up in the sky if I could fly I’d be alright
But back in real life I worry that I can never feel like the way I used to feel

At thirty nine the stairs steeper to climb just to get into bed
I’m losing time the years fall away like the hairs on my head
Love has come and love has gone, people and places all move on
The winter time seems colder now the days in the sun decrease somehow

Way up in the sky if I could fly I’d be alright
But back in real life I worry that I can never feel like the way I used to feel

You’ve been hanging around all these years
Your idols on your wall
Hoping they’ll drown the voice of fear
And catch you when you fall

I’ve been trying such a long long time
To drag myself over the finish line
But I’m standing on these feet of clay yeah
Standing on these feet of clay

Every morning till my dying day
To the Lord on bended knees I pray
Cos I’m standing on these feet of clay yeah
Standing on these feet of clay

I am not the same man that you love
He’s far above me
I am not the one you’re thinking of, thinking of no

I’ve been trying such a long long time
To drag myself over the finish line
But I’m standing on these feet of clay yeah
Standing on these feet of clay

I’m sinking down on to my knees
Oh Jesus will you help me please
Cos I’m standing on these feet of clay yeah
Standing on these feet of clay

I’ve been carrying around all these years
This burden on my own
Dying to drown the voice of fear
And find my way back home
Track Name: When The Stars Go Blue
Dancin' where the stars go blue
Dancin' where the evening fell
Dancin' in your wooden shoes
In a wedding gown

Dancin' out on 7th street
Dancin' through the underground
Dancin' little marionette
Are you happy now?

Where do you go when you're lonely
Where do you go when you're blue
Where do you go when you're lonely
I'll follow you
When the stars go blue

Laughing with your pretty mouth
Laughing with your broken eyes
Laughing with your lover's tongue
In a lullaby

Where do you go when you're lonely
Where do you go when you're blue
Where do you go when you're lonely
I'll follow you
When the stars go blue
Track Name: Daniel Johnson
Daniel Johnson was a preacher man
Eliza Davies kept a home
Three small children when her husband ran
Where he went she’d never know

On a Sunday the collection plate
Told the tale of unfaithfulness
But her duty she would not forsake
Daniel Johnson was impressed

Pray faithfully I will pray for you
Pray throughout the year
Pray faithfully that you make it through
Pray that God will hear

She’s now married to the Lord they’d say
Never known to do no wrong
With three young mouths she had to find a way
And every mother must be strong

You will suffer for eternity
Warned the man in darkest robes
Your sin will find you out eventually
But when it will God only knows

Pray faithfully I will pray for you
Pray throughout the year
Pray faithfully that you make it through
Pray that God will hear

Daniel Johnson every Saturday
To the city he would go
The man who hated sin would always pay
The wretched ladies he would know

On the day before Saint George’s Day
The well dressed man removed his boots
Set his hat upon the hook and lay
Beside the woman of ill-repute

Pray faithfully I will pray for you
Pray throughout the year
Pray faithfully that you make it through
Pray that God will hear

When they found her she was cold they said
The bloodied sheets could not be saved
Around her neck there was a cross of lead
With her children’s names engraved

Daniel Johnson took the burial
Ash to ash and dust to dust
Beseeched the Father to be merciful
And in his Holy church to trust

Pray faithfully I will pray for you
Pray throughout the year
Pray faithfully that you make it through
Pray that God will hear
Track Name: Servant's Blues
I'm gonna go down
I'm tired of hanging around
I said I'm gonna go down
Put my knees on the ground
I'm gonna go down til I hit the ground
I'm gonna go down

I'm gonna give up
I've had enough of this stuff
I said I'm gonna give up
I've had more than enough
I'm gonna give up and receive the cup
I'm gonna give up

I'm gonna serve the King
I'm gonna serve the King
Kiss nobody else's ring
I'm gonna give it all to him
I'm gonna serve the King give him everything
I'm gonna serve the King
Track Name: The Morning After
I saw you standing all alone
By the old people’s home
You were waiting for a bus
You weren’t thinking about ‘us’

Oooh ooh

Crossed to the dark side of the street
Hoping our eyes wouldn’t meet
But you caught mine and turned away
Cos there was nothing more to say

Ooh Ooh

Ooh the morning after
Ooh the morning after

I sent a text ‘r u ok?’
You sent one back ‘just go away
I thought that you were my best friend
Don’t wanna see your face again’

Ooh Ooh

‘I understand that you’re upset
Cannot believe I could forget
Our anniversary it’s bad
But you look sexy when you’re mad’
Track Name: Talk About Love
We can talk of football or the colours of the sea
We can speak of politics or who we’d like to be
Have a big discussion all about the birds and bees
As long as we don’t talk about love

We could chat for hours about the bands we’d like to see
Conversing about God or that new thing on ITV
Anything at all as long as it’s not you and me
Cos we mustn’t talk about love

Cos you know what they’ll say if we talk about love
And we know it’s a shame we can’t talk about love, love
Talk about love

We can discourse freely about clothes and books and jam
Market forces, racing courses, darts, Afghanistan
Methodism, atheism, feminism, man
As long as we don’t talk about love

We can talk of geography or history of art
We can speak of paragliding, judo and Descartes
As long as we are silent about matters of the heart
Cos we mustn’t talk about love

But you know what they’ll say if we talk about love
And we know it’s a shame we can’t talk about love, love
Talk about love

In another life we wouldn’t hear the chatter
But it cuts like a knife when it really shouldn’t matter to us
It really shouldn’t matter

We can utter words about the aristocracy
Communicate with sounds about the way we take our tea
The thing that is forbidden is the way of being free
Cos we mustn’t talk about love

We can mention Nelson or the Treaty of Versailles
Edison or medicine, the colour of our eyes
Verbalise quite freely about other things besides
As long as we don’t talk about love

Cos you know what they’ll say if we talk about love
And we know it’s a shame we can’t talk about love, love
Talk about love
Track Name: I Don't Want To Know
I Don’t Want To Know

I don’t want to think about it
I don’t want to talk about it
I think I can live without it
I know I can do without it

I don’t want to fight about it
I don’t want to shout about it
I think I can live without it
I know I can do without it

I won’t tell you what you’re thinking
What you have to do
So don’t ask me if I’m listening
I may not want to

I don’t want to know

Please don’t tell me what I’m thinking
What I have to say
Can’t you tell that I’m not listening
Won’t you go away
Track Name: Room Enough For Two
Baby, baby you’ve got love in your eyes
And in the morning baby when you rise
I want to be the one who lies inside your heart

Baby, baby will you hear my plea
Tell me baby is it destiny
For me to be the one who lies inside your heart

And if it pleases you
And if there’s room enough for two
Room enough for two

Baby, baby when the sun’s in your smile
And in the evening baby all the while
I want to be the one who lies inside your heart

Baby, baby we got nothing to hide
I long to feel you sleeping by my side
I want to be the one who lies inside your heart

And if it pleases you
And if you feel the same way too
Then there’s room enough for two
Track Name: Until The Whistle Blows
When I was young it felt like time stood still
But now it’s gone it would be all downhill until the whistle blows
And it’s empty rows

I didn’t know if I would pass the test
And without you I would feel depressed until the curtains close
And it’s empty rows

But I’ll be watching over you until the whistle blows
Til the whistle blows
I’ll be standing next to you until the curtains close
Til the curtains close

No-one else could do the things you do
I can be myself when I’m with you because you make me smile
Make it all worthwhile

I was on my own and in too deep
Now I’ve found my home I want to keep
You near me til I’m old til my hands grow cold

And I’ll be watching over you until the whistle blows
Til the whistle blows
I’ll be standing next to you until the curtains close
Til the curtains close
Track Name: The Coventry Carol
Lullay, thou little tiny Child,
By-bye lully, lullay.
Lullay, thou little tiny Child,
By-bye lully, lullay.

O sisters too, how may we do
For to preserve this day,
This poor Youngling for whom we sing
By-bye lully, lullay.

Herod the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day;
His men of might, in his own sight,
All children young, to slay.

Then woe is me, poor Child, for Thee,
And ever mourn and say;
For Thy parting nor say nor sing,
By-bye lully, lullay.
Track Name: Awakening
This world can be a pitiful place
Where men and women lie
And hide their shame behind a face
And rot until they die

This land is bleak and like a stone
The bare trees stand austere
The winter winds are fiercely blown
The rain falls far and near

Come away you spirit of darkness
Take your black spell from the land
Roll away you spirit of sadness
Cos the new life is at hand

It’s awakening

I used to be a sinful man
Wretched through and through
To please myself as best I can
Was all I hoped to do

The paths with briars are overgrown
The rivers full of mud
The forests fear the mountains moan
The flowers refuse to bud

Come away you spirit of darkness
Take your black spell from the land
Roll away you spirit of sadness
Cos the new life is at hand

It’s awakening

Open the door and let love in
Open your heart, step in the light
Welcome the springtime and begin your new life

I feel his body next to mine
Broken for three days
And by his heavenly grace divine
I know that I am saved

This world it is a beautiful place
Awakened by the light
Reborn at last the human race
Can walk in paradise

Come away you spirit of darkness
Take your black spell from the land
Roll away you spirit of sadness
Cos the new life is at hand

It’s awakening